At the top of the stem is a single large coppery brown cone which is quite impressive. It is surrounded by droopy petals, in shades ranging from lavender, pink and purple, that to me, mimic the brim of a hat. It's medicinal powers are both ancient and modern.
A friend gave me a small portion of his beautifully landscaped purple coneflowers before he moved and now this wonderfully transplanted lovely has transformed my garden into an array of different shades of pink, salmon and purple flowers throughout the summer and into fall . . .
Can you understand why I was inspired to craft a few burlap purple coneflowers of my own?
First the burlap must be stiffen to make the coneflower petals by
spreading Mod Podge over the burlap with a brush and allowing to dry.
While the burlap is drying make a flower template using a 5 1/2 inch square sheet of paper.
Fold the paper in half.
Fold that triangle in half again.
Fold over the area by the center of the triangle. as pictured.
See the fold line?
With scissors, cut off the top.
Draw a narrow shape for the petals from the side top to JUST before the bottom, leaving space, as pictured.
Cut out the pattern carefully, keeping the paper even.
Open to reveal an eight petal flower.
Use the template to draw flowers on the stiff burlap.
And then cut them out.
Glue two together for a fuller look.
I placed a cup over the petals to make them droop.
To make the center cone, cut Styrofoam balls in half and paint with copper metallic acrylic. I pressed a black magic marker (lower right) around the cone for a more dimensional look.
Glue the cone onto the center of the petals.
A smaller version using cut out petals from scrap pieces and gluing them to a circle.
You can use the burlap coneflowers alone or attach to stems from old plastic flowers you have on hand or make your own stem.
Haven't decided how I'll be using my burlap purple coneflowers, but I am loving how they turned out.
Maybe I'll put them in a wreath or perhaps a centerpiece.
Take a little time to enjoy